Saving water
Practical Tips

Water savings at home could be as high as 50% if only we adopted some of the practical tips below…

If you leave the tap running for 5 minutes to brush your teeth or have a shave you can waste up to 20 litres of water! For 1 million people that is 20,000 m3 of water a day!
Wash your car with a bucket rather than with the hosepipe because it means wasting less water. In the same vein, washing the balcony and street with the hosepipe during a drought should be ‘banned’.
Showers use up around 1/5 of all water used at home. Showers though, require less than half the quantity of water normally used in a bath. However, a powerful shower can use up the same amount of water. Showers that offer water savings and adjustable taps are one solution for avoiding waste. Moreover, a switch between the shower head and the cable can stop the flow whenever you want and keep the water temperature constant.
Flushing the toiler accounts for 1/3 of all water used in the home. Replace old cisterns with new, double flow ones, or fix the floater.
Immediately repair dripping taps. Dripping taps lose around 1 lt of water every 10 minutes.
Make sure everyone in the family knows where the main stopcock is in the event of leaks or flooding.
Don’t pour cooking oil or grease down the sink. It blocks it. Let it go cold and then put it in a plastic or some other packaging and throw it away with the rest of the household waste.
Improve your soil’s water retention by adding in organic matter such as manure, fertiliser, etc. Rough, sandy soils retain much less water while clayey, loamy soils retain much more. Reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation by laying a mulch made of organic matter, a plastic sheet or gravel.
Choose plants that need little watering. Fleshy plants or those with shiny leaves that look waxy can withstand dry spells. Moreover, well-rooted large trees and shrubs have exploratory root systems and find water deep down in the soil.
You can also make large water savings using plants that don’t need frequent watering such as lavender, mint, sage, rosemary, geraniums, ivy, and various types of cactus.
Avoid frequent watering in small quantities because it encourages surface root growth. Water less frequently but in larger quantities around the roots. You could even move all pots to the northern side of the house or into the shade. Place them in groups to retain humidity and water them carefully early in the morning or in the evening.
Recycle household water such as water from the bath, shower or sink by using it on established plants. Don’t use water though if it contains detergents or shower gels.
Let the grass grow a little longer in dry seasons. Most types of grass are quite resilient and normally turn green again after the dry season is over.